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Copying the Detectives
on 4 December 2012
When I was a youngster I was given a kit that allowed me to pretend to work in a Post Office; I would stamp parcels, give out money, make people queue for hours. I had the tools to work in a Post Office, but I didn't know what I was meant to do. `How to be a Detective' has taken this idea, but put it towards being a detective and although the various pieces of equipment may not be on offer, you do get a lot of genuinely useful information on how to be a detective from finger print analysis to building up a profile of your suspects.
`How to be a Detective' is an incredibly informative piece of nonfiction and will suit the sort of absorbent child who loves to read absolutely everything on the page. To increase their excitement Dan Waddell has included loads of pockets and hidden areas that give the book an interactive feel; `The Jolly Postman', but with fewer letters and more analysis of crime procedure. There is an impressive amount of data in this book that could act as a catalyst to create many future police officers.
One area that is slightly lower standard is some of the illustrations by Jim Smith. The quality of pictures are more naïve than the book itself. The paper is of a high gloss and looks really good, a shame that the mini detective on it looks like a poor man's Inspector Clouseau. Despite some of the piccys not being brilliant, `How to be a Detective' is still a great book for inquisitive minds.